Sukanya Samriddhi Accounts
Devised for the welfare of the Girl child through provision of finances at the time of important events of her life i.e. education and marriage. SukanyaSamriddhiYojana was launched on December, 02, 2014 as part of the BetiBachaoBetiPadhao. The small deposit scheme offers a competitive rate of interest of 8.5% along with tax benefits.
Token amount of Rs.250 to open a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana account
With a minimum deposit of Rs.250, you can open an SSY account and the maximum deposit amount can be Rs.1,50,000. The deposits can be made in one lumpsum or in multiple instalments in a Financial Year.
Double Tax Benefits
- Under Section 80C of Income Tax Act, deposits up to Rs.1,50,000 are eligible for a deduction.
- The interest earned on the deposit is tax free.
Attractive rate of interest
The rate of interest is 8.5%.
- Yearly interest credited in the account at the end of Financial Year
- No interest is payable after completion of 21 years from the date of opening.
Deposit to be made for 15 years and not after
You only need to keep making deposits every year until 15 years from the day you opened the account.
Under special circumstances, premature withdrawal is allowed
- On account of death of the Account holder.
- After having maintained the account payment for 5 years from opening of account in cases of extreme compassionate grounds supported by complete documentation.
- After attaining the legal age of 18, if the girl child enters a wed lock, the account can be prematurely closed. The beneficiary will have to show related documents within three months after marriage or intent of marriage can be shown a month before the marriage.
- After the daughter/daughters turn 18 or has passed 10th standard, whichever is earlier, 50% of the balance in the account can be withdrawn to meet education expenses on providing admission proof.
- Deemed closure is when the account is closed due to change of residence from India to another country or change in citizenship status.
- Premature closure of an Account may be permitted, anytime after the opening of an account for any reason other than mentioned above and in that case the whole deposit shall be eligible only for the interest rate prescribed for the Post Office Savings Bank
Features of Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
- Who can open the account?
Parent of a girl child on behalf of the beneficiary can open the account any time after the birth of the girl child until she turns ten. At most, two account can be opened for up to 2 girl children each and three accounts in an exceptional case of the second born are twin girls.
- The beneficiary should be an Indian resident citizen.
- Who can make the deposit?
Legal guardians or parents of the beneficiary can make the deposit until the beneficiary turns 18.
- When can the beneficiary operate the account?
After she turns 18, she can operate the account.
- Where can you open this account?
SukanyaSamriddhiYojana accounts can be opened with authorized commercial bank branches. These accounts can be opened, for example, at any of the Bank of Baroda’s branches. All you need to do is walk into a BOB branch with the following documents
- Filled up SukanyaSamriddhi Registration Form
- Birth certificate of the girl child
- ID proof of the depositor
- Residential proof of the depositor
- Stamp sized photos
- How much is the minimum compulsory deposit to be made each year?
The depositor must make a deposit of minimum Rs.250 up to Rs.1,50,000 every year uptil 15 years from the date of account opening.
- What happens if account is not maintained?
If deposit is not made each year, the account goes under default, which can be reactivated by paying a small fine of Rs.50 for each year that the deposit has not been paid for.
- Does the beneficiary receive the amount on maturity?
Yes, once the account matures, the beneficiary can collect the interest accrued along with the balance on providing the following documents-
- SSA withdrawal application
- proof of identity
- proof of residence and citizenship
- proof of age
- Is the account transferable?
Yes. It can be transferred to any branch/Post Office within India, once the beneficiary provides proof of change of residence.